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I have been growing Amaryllis at home ever since one of my sisters gave me a bulb, complete with pot & growing mix at Christmas 1981. I planted it on Christmas Day & it flowered exactly 2 months later! We moved back to Spain later in 1982 & I took the bulb with me. I had bulbs that came from this original one for the 20 years we lived over there. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to bring any of them back with me when we returned to the UK 10 years ago. Nevertheless I bought 3 bulbs, from a Dutch stall, when the town held its first ever international market, (since repeated every year for the last 10). One was pure white,another pure red & the third a red with a white stripe down its petals.

Five years later I cross pollinated them & grew on about 50 of the resultant plants. They flowered in their 4th year for the 1st time. This year they flowered again, their 5th year.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 26th 2011:

Just yesterday I noticed that the first flowers on this bulb were opening. When I brought it back from the allotment there was a bud low down in the neck of the bulb but I wasn’t sure at the time if it was a bud or new leaves developing, they can look very similar while still low down in the bulb’s neck.

Today I brought it into the kitchen from the 2nd bedroom where it had been growing. I still have several other plants with buds at different heights, one I only discovered last week when it was about 30cm/12in tall! That might seem rather strange but if you could see my kitchen windowsill, which is 3m/10ft long, & has pots of bulbs along the whole length & two tiers high & even 3 towards the ends! This particular plant was also on the bottom tier with another two tiers above it. It was also behind the small TV set making it difficult to get to. In our bedroom there is yet another one that’s a few cm/ins high. I may have a flower or two for Christmas – without planning for it! :-))

I’ve changed the 4th photo to show the flowers that have opened today close up!

UPDATE DECEMBER 20TH 2011:

Now the last flower of 2011 is dying. It’s a pure red one that has already lost two flowers & this last flower will also be dead in a couple of days – so I won’t quite make it for Christmas. I’m not worried as these last 3 bulbs have been a “bonus” to end a fabulous year of Amaryllis flowers. I’ve had flowers almost every month of the year & none of it was my planning! I let them go their own sweet way & that’s how they repay me! :-))

I have more bulbs with flower buds just coming out of the necks of the bulbs but there will be no more flowers opening during 2011. Since bringing them home from the allotment I have kept them very dry. They haven’t been watered in months! Most have now lost their foliage but any I notice starting to produce a bud get watered immediately.

All my Amaryllis flowers for 2011 can be found online here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/davidking135/Amaryllis2011?authuser=0&feat=directlink

UPDATE JANUARY 2012:

My Amaryllis are flowering very well on our living room table. I have two pure red bulbs in flower plus one that is white with red veining. The flowers are a tremendous size! I take photos of them practically daily!

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  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    haha, Amarylis’s Amaryllis…
    :P These 2 varieties look very similar to the 2 I’ve just started – ‘Clown’ and ‘Red Lion’.
    …and merry (early) Xmas! :P

    Posted on 04 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    These are my own hybrid bulbs grown from my own fertilized seed & then grown on for 4 years till they reached flowering size. I have around 50 bulbs – perhaps more! I haven’t counted them in two years!

    I haven’t got around to uploading the photos to the computer that I took today as yet! When I recorded the Milestone it automatically chose the same photo as 22nd Oct! I’ll upload the photos from today & then I’ll replace the photo that’s the same as the one from 22nd October.

    Thanks for the Christmas wishes & I, too, wish you a happy Christmas & a fantastic New Year 2012 as you start your apprenticeship at the Hornimans Museum!

    Posted on 04 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Today I have three bulbs flowering on the living room table! I brought the one that was in the kitchen window into the living room yesterday & today I brought the one on our bedroom windowsill into the living room as well! You can see all 3 in the latest milestone picture above.

    Unfortunately the photo is rather spoiled by the late afternoon sunshine reflecting off the picture of our granddaughter on the wall behind them. I’ll take another one tomorrow morning when the sun won’t be on the picture.

    Posted on 05 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • sgardener

    sgardener wrote:

    Your babies never ceased to amaze me. The hippis on the Dec. 15th photo are gorgeous. The petal/sepals swept backwards or to use a lily term, they recurved. Wonderful babies, congratulations! I will be looking forward for more photos of your babies in the future.

    Posted on 16 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Just yesterday I was scanning a couple of albums of photos from Spain into the computer & I found some photos of my Amaryllis dating back to 1991! The great majority are red, probably descendants from the one my sister gave me for Christmas 1981. I was surprised to see a white one amongst them! I know I did buy a white one but I didn’t think it was as early as 1991.Fortunately I had written the year & sometimes the month on the back of the photos. I often wrote the date of taking a photo on a piece of card/paper so it would be seen when the photo was developed – sometimes not for months afterwards! Now I take a photo with my mobile phone camera & it can be on the computer in a couple of minutes or, if not, then usually during the same day! Besides the digital photos include info on camera make, settings used. time of day taken & when modified, i.e. transferred to the computer/title added/modified by Picasa, etc!

    Posted on 17 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Rereading your post I see you mention Lilies. Well amongst the flowers I found on my balconies were some Lilies I knew I had grown! Some Tiger Lillies & the Maddonna Lily! There are photos of a nice pink one whose name I can’t remember now (well, 20 years have passed down the river since I grew them!) There was also a bright yellow one that reminds me of the Tiger Lily. Do you know if there is a yellow version?

    I have photos of the Amaryllis growing in clay pots on the balcony – they really thrived in the hot Spanish weather! I think I’ll make a blog with some of the photos I digitalized yesterday.

    Posted on 17 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • sgardener

    sgardener wrote:

    Thre is a yellow lily that is dotted like the Tiger lily and that is the species Leichtlenii. There is also a hybrid that I can’t remember its name right now. :)

    How many bulbs do you have all in all? You have been breeding amaryllis for a long time now. Wow! Please write a blog post and please let us know at the Hippi or Lily Group.

    I also love the technology we have now. I do not have to worry when the photos are taken. Very useful when I am documenting something.

    Posted on 20 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Thanks for that info, sgardener. I seem to remember (after more than 20 years???) they were sold as yellow Tiger Lilies but then perhaps my memory isn’t that good!

    As for the number of bulbs I have, if you mean Amaryllis, then around about 50 or so, I don’t know the exact number. That’s only the pots, the individual bulbs are many more! Many of the pots have between 2 & 4 or more small bulbs! You talk about my experience in “breeding” them- well I only have done it this one occasion 6 years ago. All the bulbs you see now are the result of that one cross I did & the resulting seeds that I planted & grew on to flowering size over 4 years.

    I have been GROWING them since one of my sisters gave me the very first bulb as a Christmas present on Christmas Day 1981! 30 years now!!! I didn’t bring any back from Spain with me when we returned to the UK almost 11 years ago but I did buy 3 unnamed bulbs (a Pure red, a Pure white & a Red with white stripes) from a Dutch stall when the first International Market was held here in town 10 years ago.

    I’ll do another blog/journal on my Amaryllis as I scanned some photos into the computer a few days ago. I took these when we lived in Spain. They date back to the early 90s! There is one that is very different to your usual “run-of-the-mill” photos! Look out for the blog!

    As for Lilies I grew some in Spain for a few years but again I didn’t bring any back with me. I haven’t grown them any more since the 1990s. I’m thinking of getting a few this year for my balcony.

    Posted on 20 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • sgardener

    sgardener wrote:

    50 bulbs of your own creation, that is great! And on top of that, the result of your one time cross. Aren’t you interested in breeding some more? There are a lot of wonderful new hybrids and species out there.

    As for lilies, there are a lot of pretty ones. I love the Oriental/Trumpets (OT) and Trumpets. Breeders come up with great ones every year. The latest sensation is Kushi Maya which is pricey when it first came out of the market.

    If you are interested, I can send you bulblets of Striatum and also seeds of trumpet lilies that I crossed last summer.

    Happy growing Amarylis!

    Posted on 20 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    I certainly wouldn’t mind breeding some more but I have no space for another 50 bulbs for at least 4 years before they flower! I still remember that as a boy in London, UK, about 9 or 10 years old, that I tried to cross fertilize a Parrot tulip with a Daffodil!!! LOL!!!

    I don’t know how long it takes a Lily to flower from seed but at least they would need frost free conditions for about 6 months of the year! I’d love to accept your kind offer of bulblets of Striatum and also seeds of trumpet lilies. I could overwinter them in the GH on the allotment. Not frost free but drier & a whole lot less windier than outside as well as being most of the time several degrees higher than in the soil of the allotment. Space is at such a premium on my balcony that I can only ever grow a few seeds in the early spring for use later on the balcony. Now that I have use of the GH on the plot I have a lot more space for growing things!

    I sowed some Sweetpea seeds just yesterday.

    Posted on 21 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • sgardener

    sgardener wrote:

    Please PM me your address. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you and your family!

    Posted on 21 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    PM sent & I wish you & your family a Happy Christmas & New Year as well.

    Posted on 22 Dec 11 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    I’ve posted my first photo of my Amaryllis flowering for the first time in 2012! It’s a picture of 3 bulbs but the buds haven’t opened all the way yet. Two are red & one is white, no doubt with red veining, but that won’t be visible for a day or two yet when the flower opens.

    Posted on 10 Jan 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    The flowers on all 3 bulbs have now opened &, as I commented above, two are pure red while the other is white with red veining.

    Posted on 16 Jan 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    Have to comment on this as I just saw on the grapevine that Amarylis’s Amarylis was blooming! Don’t see such a “log” every day! How pertinent … and wonderful.

    Posted on 25 Jan 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Glad you like them! I’ve just his evening started a new thread in the Hippeastrum group. In the other thread where we uploaded our photos they weren’t opening/expanding when clicked on. I informed Nic & she promised to have a look but she said they opened for her. I’m not the only one who can’t open them either.

    Posted on 25 Jan 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    On Valentine’s Day I received some pollen from sgardener. It came from her Amaryllis Chico. Being Valentine’s Day I thought it very appropriate to fertilize the Amaryllis flowers that seemed to me to be ready for fertilization. So I put the pollen on 2 plants, on a couple of the flowers of each.Now we will have to wait to see if the pollen “takes” & the seeds develop. If/when they do I’ll sow the seeds in a few months time once ripe. Then it will be a case of waiting for another 4 years before seeing the results of our hybridisation efforts!

    Posted on 15 Feb 12 (over 2 years ago)

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